A studio space as well as an exchange with other artists from all around the world – this is what an artist can expect as an Artist in Residence. Every year artists leave their homes to spend time in a different country and culture and return with new ideas and inspiration.
What requirements are to be met and how to apply can be found in this overview of German and Irish artists’ houses. However, we do not recommend these organisations more than others, on the contrary, we encourage you to research further residency programmes in Ireland and Germany suitable to your interest and needs.
We also talked to artists after their residencies and asked them about their experiences.
Frequently asked questions
If possible try to organise your stay in Germany in conjunction with some time to travel. Public transport offers many ways of discovering the diversity of the country and we recommend to consider also lesser-known areas or cities in order to get a real taste of Germany.
Artist-in-Residence programmes for visual artists
Artist-in-Residence programmes for musicians and composers
Artist-in-Residence programmes for theatre and dance
In addition, the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen has compiled the ‘Artguide Germany’ with valuable information for artists and curators interested in the German arts scenes.
Also, international databases for artist-in-residence programmes offer information about residencies in Germany:
However, once you have been successful with your application, we would like to hear about it and share any public event your residence offers with your readership. Public events and activities will be featured in our Irish-German artist-in-residence agenda.
You can also consider the Arts Council’s Travel and Training Award Scheme.
Further information and advice about travelling to Germany is available on the Embassy of Ireland in Germany’s website.
Once in Germany, you can choose between Deutsche Bahn rail services (website in English) or a growing number of bus services, operated by a number of different companies. You can search all existing bus connections on busliniensuche.de (only in German). Travelling by train is quite common in Germany and although tickets can be pricy there are few cheap options to get around.
Generally speaking, public transport in Germany is quite reliable and regular, in particular in urban centres. Please note that many cities have entered so-called “Verkehrsverbünde” (regional transport associations), linking local train services, trams, busses etc. These allow interconnecting journeys at low prices. Don’t be surprised to see confusing transport maps with different sectors (fare stages or “combs”), if in doubt look for the relevant online journey planer or ask someone to help you planning your trip.